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ITN Roving Report: Forgotten Desert

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Report from Egypt and El Alamein on how the area is different from the time when battles during World War II were raging: Some places have only just been rebuilt and others look as though they were bombed yesterday. There are various memorials sho...

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Reporter:Sandy Gall
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EGYPT: Western Desert: El Alamein
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Dromedary camel (single hump) standing in desert, military debris on sand with small hut in background, Gall along straight desert road towards and past

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Dromedary camel (single hump) standing in desert, military debris on sand with small hut in background, Gall along straight desert road towards and past

Reporter to camera beside memorial plaque on rock marking the limit of the German advance into Egypt in 1942

Signpost for 'Alamein', Gall along straight desert road across what was no mans land to another memorial stone marking the British position in 1942

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Car along straight desert road towards and past/ Remains of milit...

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Car along straight desert road towards and past/ Remains of military vehicles and other military bits and pieces lying in the desert/ general view bunker ruins, mass of barbed wire, Gall looking at tank remains, building remains/ Gall looking at shell case on ground, TRACK forward past bits of debri/ Gall looking at chunk of metal, more bits of debris with Gall looking round

Local Bedouin tribesmen sitting on ground beside hut, tribesman on donkey along desert road, youth on another donkey along with woman walking beside him, small herd of their goats crossing desert road/ woman pulling on rope and hoisting full water bucket out of well and pouring it into container as donkey beside/ Bedouin tent, woman sitting in tent spinning wool, close up smiling girl/ more Bedouins sitting by tent entrance, close up face of Bedouin man/ Bedouin man using fork to turn cut crop as woman and young girl on cart machine over it

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Flat desert seen from moving car/ Mersa Matruh town...

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Mersa Matruh:
Flat desert seen from moving car/ Mersa Matruh town by desert coast road/ Map showing position of town in relation to El Alamein

General views garage and new buildings in the town, building under construction, more new buildings, youths running down beach and into the sea/ man along in small rowing boat, coastline on other side of bay PAN across sea to rocky outcrop/ tunnel entrance to underground bunker called Rommel's Cave - now a museum/ Gall along and looks into it, long gun barrel lying amongst rocks and pointing out to sea

Ruins of former British Headquarters (now up for sale)/ More building ruins including lines of empty barrack buildings

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General views rooms with items partly covered in sand, various pictures and drawings on wall by soldiers stationed there in former times

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Wind blown sand piled up against walls, writing on exterior walls and empty barracks/ Gall turning on well tap and water still gushes out/ hobbled donkey (legs tied so it cannot go far), Bedouin owner of donkey bending down amongst rocks on ground and praying to Mecca

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Car along straight desert road with signpost for 'Sidibarani'/ building ruins with donkey standing and another pulling laden cart, More ruined buildings/ Modern building, dromedary camel sitting on ground and building behind, two mules standing/ oil and petrol drums collected by desert beachcombers/ Memorial stone marking the furthest place reached by the Italian army during the war:

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General views road through Hellfire Pass now a track and covered in broken rocks;,Gall along track/ Rocky scenery where the battles took place/ Car along at speed causes mini sandstorm

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General views road through Hellfire Pass now a track and covered in broken rocks;,Gall along track/ Rocky scenery where the battles took place/ Car along at speed causes mini sandstorm

El Alamein:
Sign about El Alamein 1939 - 1944, men looking and pointing/ German war memorial seen in desert/ General views museum including Italian tank on display and sign

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Items on display on wall in museum, Italian weapons and flags on display and coats of arms for the Italian divisions

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Sign for British Cemetery, cemetery building and hundreds of lines of graves with headstones

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Gall along with Italian superintendent of the British Cemetery and interview - 7,352 soldiers buried here from lots of different nationalities and from different battlefields/ gravestones came from Lo...

Gall along with Italian superintendent of the British Cemetery and interview - 7,352 soldiers buried here from lots of different nationalities and from different battlefields/ gravestones came from London, marble from Italy and cemetery building stones are local/ standstorms cause them a lot of work/ a few British visitors come to visit

Local cemetery worker pushing lawnmower along cutting grass, roses on thin bush, plants by gravestones, gravestone inscription of unknown soldier

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